Date: 25th May 2018 at 5:00pm
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In Tokyo, a matter of hours ago, our worst fears were realised.

In the build-up to the fight, we implied that Jamie McDonnell in facing the Japanese fighter, Naoya Inoue, would face a huge task to hang on to his WBA world bantamweight title.

Inoue entered the fight having won world titles at two different weights, in fifteen fights and was looking for a third.

The action, when it came, was to last less than a round with Inuoe, despite being six inches shorter than McDonnell, using his supreme hand-speed and power to totally demolish McDonnell.

The Doncaster fighter was knocked to the canvas in the second-minute, although the 32-year-old gamely climbed to his feet, he was then hit with a barrage of punches which saw the referee step in to save McDonnell from further punishment.

McDonnell was visibly upset at the loss, his first in ten years, and suggested that making the 8 stone 6 pounds weight limit was proving harder and harder.

For Inoue, now a three-weight world champion, fame and fortune beckons.